The Adeleke Campaign Organisation has directed supporters and well-wishers of the Osun State Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to avoid unruly celebration of electoral victory or risk being disowned as members of Adeleke’s political family.
In a statement on Sunday, titled, ‘Stop Unruly Celebration Over My Victory, Adeleke Tasks Osun Youths,’ signed by Adeleke’s Spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, it was noted that Senator Adeleke condemned the reported violent conduct of some youths celebrating his victory, dissociating himself and his political organisation from such negative activities.
“It has come to the attention of the Governor-elect that some youths are engaging in violent celebrations, leading to isolated attacks on vehicles and even individuals. This is an unacceptable conduct and those involved in such behaviour are warned to stop forthwith.
“While commiserating with any victim of such incident, the Adeleke Campaign Organisation is hereby informing the general public that it did not authorise any of such demonstrations and those involved are definitely not part of the Adeleke Campaign Organisation,” the statement read.
The PUNCH reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Adeleke the winner of the Osun governorship election.
The Returning Officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, announced that Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party got a total of 403,371 votes beating the incumbent, Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, who got 375,027 votes in a keenly contested race.
He said, “I declare Adeleke Ademola Jackson Nurudeen, on behalf of the chairman of INEC, of the PDP, having satisfied the requirement of the law, is hereby declared the winner and he is returned elected.”
According to the total votes recorded by the electoral umpire, the PDP won 17 of the 30 Local Government Areas of the state, while the APC won the remaining 13.
This development had made a mass of supporters of Adeleke troop out to the streets and major roads in the state and at Ede, the hometown of Adeleke, to celebrate his victory.